ISLAMABAD: A four-member Pakistan snooker team is all set to feature in the 32nd ACBS Asian Snooker Championship that rolls into action at Doha, Qatar, on Saturday.
“Our cueists are already in Qatar to chip in the event. We had sent them last week on the special request of Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation for a joint training and practice camp with their country’s cueists”, President of Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association (PBSA) Alamgir A. Sheikh told on Thursday.
The newly crowned national champion Mohammad Bilal will be making his debut in the Asian Championship with the trio of Sohail Shehzad, who ended as runner-up in the last edition of the national championship, Mohammad Asif, former world champion and Mohammad Sajjad, a former world number two.
Bilal will play against Korea’s Baek Minhu in the opening encounter on Saturday, while Asif will meet Palestine’s Khalid Alastal and Sajjad will face Hong Kong’s Au Chi Chung in their initial fixtures. Sohail will take on India’s Manan Chandra in his first match on the same day.
Sheikh said that he was confident Pakistani cueists would return home with gold. “Our team is comprised of highly talented and seasoned cueists and I’m sure they will return home victorious,” he said.
Cueists from eleven countries – hosts Qatar, Pakistan, Korea, Palestine, Hong Kong, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Turkemenistan will take part in the eight-day event, which will conclude on April 23.